About the book
The first in our series of books Birds and People.
This book is based on many years of experience with eagles. It was written by bringing together Stuarts diary and field notes, along with his photographs, thus providing a complete description of eagles, their behaviour and ecology.
Stuart is a founder member of the North East Raptor Study Group-the first to be set up in the country.
Stuart has worked with Jeff Watson and Keith Brockie, and more recently with Mike McGrady.
“My test of a really good book is when my first dip lasts more than a minute – I spent just over half an hour on meeting this one. This is a fascinating read by one of our finest hill naturalists who has spent much of his life
observing golden eagles and other wildlife in the Scottish Highlands….The book consists of a series of essays, with many detailing aspects of golden eagle ecology – such as hunting, nest building, incubation and ‘first flight’. The coverage is broad and eclectic, with mountain plants, Caledonian woods, snow storms, November days and the Equinox getting special
For me, three things make this book stand out. First, the photography is excellent, and mountain birds, flowers, lichens and landscapes are superbly depicted. Second, there are many new insights into the ecology of
golden eagles – one of the hardest of all birds to study. And third, and perhaps most importantly, there is a thoroughly sincere and persuasive narrative on seeing and understanding nature.
For me, a book which opens your eyes to what is around you is special.”
Des Thompson Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 2012 43:3
“It captures both a sense of the remote places that these iconic birds live in and also the efforts involved in studying them in the wild. The book is illustrated with, and enhanced by, the author’s own photographs of landscapes and wildlife…He uses extensive field notes and diary entries from his varied encounters with eagles…
Andrew Bielinski Scottish Birds vol 23(3) Sept 2012
“Whilst the book is packed with fascinating information and such detail, it is the ease at which the author makes the reader feel involved that for me, is its secret….it is a well balanced book….the book is a large enough format to do justice to the excellent series of photographs.”
Ray Collier Highland News May 2012